Bellarmine Prep’s Claire Martin and Orting’s Fred Green were each awarded $10,000 scholarships Thursday night at Curtis High School when the Tacoma Athletic Commission recognized them as the organization’s female and male athletes of the year.
Claire Martin was awarded the 2015 “Sis” Names Female High School Student-Athlete of the Year. She made both The News Tribune’s All-Area volleyball and girls basketball teams this school year. She is headed to Washington State University on a volleyball scholarship.
Martin is the third consecutive Bellarmine Prep athlete to win the TAC’s female award. Hannah Derby earned it last year and Courtney Schwan the year before.
Green became the 13th wrestler — boy or girl — to win four consecutive state titles with his 138-pound Class 2A title at Mat Classic. Orting is the only school to produce two four-timers (Drew Templeman).
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Green was named the TAC 2015 Scott Names Male High School Student-Athlete of the Year.
Green is going to Boise State for wrestling.
Heard of three-sport stars? How about five-sport stars? Mount Rainier Lutheran’s Mitch Pelissier played football, basketball, baseball, soccer and track and field this year. So he received a $5,000 scholarship to go with his 2015 Clint Names Multi-Sport Excellence Award on Thursday.
Pelissier will play basketball at Concordia University Chicago next winter.
Sumner’s Rachel Stowell, a standout track and field athlete despite suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, was awarded the 2015 Tom Names Inspirational Award and a $5,000 scholarship. She will play soccer at Dominican University in San Francisco next year.
Fife’s Austin Woods also earned an inspirational award because of how he worked himself back from an arm injury that nearly cost him his life. Woods’ arm went through a window during a state regional round game last year. It caused two severe lacerations in his arm and he had to undergo three surgeries.
But he rehabbed from the injury and played both football and basketball.
Woods also received a $5,000 scholarship.
The Tacoma Athletic Commission is a community organization that supports local schools and their student-athletes. Its president is Dave Harshman.